We have forgotten
It’s human nature to forgive and forget. Time is the biggest catapult to that end. As human beings go, we like to forget the ugly nasty side of life and especially if it is our own. It may take many years for some offences to finally be put truly behind us and some if not dealt with linger in the dark shadows of our conscience, always there contributing to the shape we mold ourselves in even we don’t realize it.
We tend to forget the good things too. We may remember the overall picture of a great event or good things but the details fade and the joy of that event or result when remembered soon gets drowned out by the present which demands its full share of our attention.
Some things both good and bad are so gigantic in scope that it is almost impossible to forget. Even though our human tendencies will take their normal course the caretakers of history make sure that we never forget. We build monuments in remembrance, devote designated days to the observance and fill our children’s history books with the full details so that future generations will remember too. A few of these events even affect the entire world as leaders of countries join in solemn remembrance with mutual respect one for another. Political correctness is accepted in these instances and careful selections of words and actions are taken so as not to inflame wounds that are just below the scars of memory. It is memories such as these that it would be a bigger tragedy to forget than the event itself. Because we remember we can now forge ahead more vigilant and watchful to assure the country and indeed the world that we are ever mindful of the place we once found ourselves in and the sacrifice and diligence it took from the American people and its leaders to pull us out of the jaws of defeat and into the light of victory.
September 11th 2001 is one of those impactful events that we should NEVER forget. President George W. Bush did not forget and made every possible effort to keep the memory of that day alive so that we would not experience another day like that, at least not in his remaining 2550 days as our leader. Because Bush did not forget, we as a nation prospered and were safe under his watch, because he didn’t let the ‘present’ swallow his every move he was able to safeguard a nation even though it was infected with tyrannous wolves who only thought for themselves.
Sadly now the human tendencies of allowing memories to fade are at work in full force. The once carved granite memories of planes crashing into our towers, killing our citizens and crippling the nation are being chipped away. Americans everywhere have suppressed the impressions that once stirred such emotion, it’s now becoming politically incorrect to site the past because of the sins that allegedly arose in its name. The world we’re told does not look on us favorably now not because Bush is in office, that is the old mantra, now it is because of our great atrocities and its because of this we have lost our moral standing in the world.
The new administration is doing their part as well to bury this indelible mark on America’s history. As admissions of guilt pour out of every orifice of the oval office they work diligently to remake our image and apparently that includes erasing the past or at least cashing in on it. While we all want to look good in photographs the Whitehouse has taken this to a new level. For reasons only known
(Obama’s photo op)
to the Obama administration they flew a new Air Force one jet with military escort over the same skies and buildings that were terrorized 8 short years ago. Calls to 911 flooded the phone banks and panic gripped the city. No one was told of this ‘photo op’ and old nightmares surfaced instantly for so many that lost their loved ones on that tragic day. Visions of people jumping to their deaths to escape the inferno and tons of hot ash filling every crevice of the city jumped back to the painful present for so many people all because of a callous uncaring decision.
The Obama team has apparently has forgotten or perhaps it never affected them in the first place. How truly sad it is to have leadership so desensitized to what is obviously a defining moment. How truly disheartening is it to have a leader more interested in his image than the need to remember what has galvanized a nation to stand in strength. What a pity he has forgotten but even sader would be, if you have.